Aconitum henryi 'Spark's Variety'
Aconitum henryi 'Spark's Variety'
Aconitum henryi 'Spark's Variety'

Aconitum henryi 'Spark's Variety'

Monkshood

Ranunculaceae

Height

150 cm

Flower colour

dark violet

Flowering time

August

Foliage colour

dark green

Sunlight

sun - partial shade

Soil

fertile, well drained, humus rich, moist

pH

neutral

Hardiness

hardy

Plant range

the species is native to China

The genus Aconitum belongs to the family Ranunculaceae  and as with many other genera of that family Aconitums are poisonous. In fact most are so poisonous that one English common name is  "wolf's bane" and they were a popular way for  royalty of centuries past to get rid of their competition. Aconitums are hardy and can tolerate some shade, but too much shade can decrease flowering.  They prefer fertile, moist, yet well drained soil as most species are native to mountain meadows in the Northern hemisphere.

Propagation:


Division in spring.


A tall garden variety with violet flowers that needs support. Fairly hardy, but sensitive to fungal diseases. Grows best in moist, fertile, humus rich, well drained soil. A highly toxic plant!

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